CD Review: “Mercy Answered” (Pathfinders)
The Pathfinders are a regional mixed trio based in Mount Holly, North Carolina. The group was founded in 1993 by baritone Dearl Lemons. Alto Dawn McGuire is a longtime group member, while Brian Dockins joined as lead singer in 2006. (This is Dockins’ first project with the group.) Mercy Answered, their most recent project, was produced by Brad Hudson of the Greenes.
Highlights of the project include “I Don’t Sail Alone” (by Daryl Williams), “I’ve Never Been Better” (by John Robinson), and a cover of the Gaither song “On the Authority.”
“What the Sea Saw” has a similar feel to Brian Free & Assurance’s song “Old Time Way,” and while it doesn’t sound bad as it stands, nonetheless strikes me as a song that would be improved by a bass part.
The project leans toward the country side of Southern Gospel, with a touch of bluegrass thrown in for good measure. It is one of the most professional projects released by a regional group that I’ve heard this year.